We ain’t got no alibi.
According to Travel + Leisure magazine, Philadelphia is the ugliest city in the United States. No, I’m not talking about trash or attitudes, they’re referring to you and me, our looks. Apparently, they’re the worst in the country. I admit I do not think Philadelphia is the most beautiful city. Prior to moving here I spent a great deal of time in New York where I felt quite like a hideous troll compared to the tall, beautiful, fashionable women. In Philadelphia I feel far more comparatively attractive. That said, I am surprised by the dead last rating.
In the Inquirer article covering the results a center city man claims Minneapolis beat us because “because they’re all born blond with blue eyes there. Maybe it’s something against brunettes and redheads.” He may not be that far from the truth. A recent article in Psychology Today points out that evolutionary instincts support the cultural stereotype that men prefer blondes with blue eyes.
Typically, young girls with light blond hair become women with brown hair. Thus, men who prefer to mate with blond women are unconsciously attempting to mate with younger (and hence, on average, healthier and more fecund) women.
…preference for blue eyes seems both universal and undeniable–in males as well as females. One explanation is that the human pupil dilates when an individual is exposed to something that she likes. Pupil dilation is an honest indicator of interest and attraction. And the size of the pupil is easiest to determine in blue eyes. Blue-eyed people are considered attractive as potential mates because it is easiest to determine whether they are interested in us or not.
I suppose, then, we should blame human instinct and not Travel + Leisure magazine.